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Spring Lane Building Opening: A Celebration of Teaching

Spring Lane building 218

Wednesday 21 February 2018, 5.30PM to 8pm

Speaker: Nicola Dandridge, CEO, Office for Students

Programme for the day:

Teaching Showcase, mini-lectures
5.30pm - 7.00pm

Celebrate the University’s excellence in teaching with a series of drop-in mini-lectures that will take place from 5.30pm – 7.00pm. These lectures showcase innovative teaching methods across the three faculties; further details on each talk are given below. All talks will be repeated three times at 5.30pm, 6.00pm, 6.30pm. 

Free tickets can be booked below.

Nicola Dandridge, CEO, Office for Students 
Lecture and Plaque Unveiling
7.00pm - 8.00pm - followed by a drinks reception

Championing the Interests of Students: The role of the Office for Students and the future for Higher Education
Nicola Dandridge, CEO, Office for Students

Nicola Dandridge explains how the creation of the Office for Students (OfS) represents an unparalleled opportunity to ensure that every student enjoys a rewarding educational experience. OfS, which came into force on 1 January, is designed to champion the interests of students, promote choice and help to ensure that students are receiving a good deal for their investment in higher education. Replacing the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as the main regulator of higher education, OfS will hold universities to account for the quality of teaching they provide.

Nicola was previously Chief Executive of Universities UK (UUK), a sector body that supports UK universities by working directly with government, the private sector, the professions and sector agencies. Prior to this, she was Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit, a higher education agency that works with the sector to promote equality for staff and students. A lawyer, qualified in both England and Scotland, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2015.

Free tickets can be booked below.


Teaching Showcase, mini-lectures
5.30pm - 7.00pm - with a drinks reception

1 What Helps Students Engage?
Dr Sam Hellmuth, Language and Linguistic Science

Senior Lecturer Sam Hellmuth regularly teaches large cohort core modules using a blended approach, with large group lectures supported by bespoke self-paced testing delivered on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Sam shares some of the reflections that formed the basis of her Higher Education Academy (HEA) Senior Fellow accreditation portfolio, on both day-to-day and year-to-year strategies to help students engage and achieve, including opportunities for personalisation and the "Make it Stick" model that helps students learn how to learn.

2 Developing and Designing Virtual Reality Experiences
Dr Jonathan Hook and Dr Guy Schofield, Theatre, Film and Television

York’s Interactive Media BSc is a unique multidisciplinary degree that brings together technical, creative and socio-cultural perspectives on interactive media. In the third year of the course, students learn to design and develop Virtual Reality (VR) experiences in a state-of-the-art VR-equipped teaching lab. Jonathan Hook and Guy Schofield demonstrate how students learn about cutting-edge research and industry developments in VR across a combination of interactive lectures and practical classes.

3 Experimenting with Engagement
Professor Andrew Parsons, Chemistry

Andrew Parsons looks at ways of making lectures more dynamic - from demos, to memorable hooks and fun breaks. He’ll highlight course initiatives linked to employability and the Stepping up to Chemistry website which is designed to ease the transition to university. Andrew’s talk will also feature Exploring Everyday Chemistry (eeDc), a pioneering University of York Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), which has attracted over 9000 learners, from more than 100 countries.

4 Clinical Simulation in Action: Enhancing learning for healthcare
David Graham, Jess Powell, Rachel Lavelle and Helen Bedford, Health Sciences

The Department of Health Sciences houses a purpose-built clinical simulation unit (CSU) where health undergraduates learn and practise a range of clinical skills. These range from caring in a home setting to a ward environment and include high dependency care. Learn how we support students and staff from nursing, midwifery and other health professions to develop a vast array of clinical skills in the CSU. You’ll also find out how learning is enhanced via participation in realistic training scenarios, working with professional actors in the roles of patients, service users and clinical staff, and filming of activities for optimal feedback and reflection on performance. The session includes opportunities to see equipment in use and to try it yourself. 

5 Making a Drama Out of Learning
Sinéad McCotter, The York Management School and Leandra Ashton, Flying Cloud Theatre

Find out how aspects of dramatic arts are used in teaching to aid the transfer of learning among management students. Senior Lecturer Sinéad McCotter and Leandra Ashton, Executive Lead of Flying Cloud Theatre, discuss how this innovative approach works. They’ll explain how it can maximise learning, irrespective of culture, background or language, and how it can create a safe and supportive space in which students can learn about difficult management / employee situations.


Location: Spring Lane building, Campus West

Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book below.

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